A bolt-action firearm operates like opening and closing a door bolt. The bolt solidly locks into the breech, making it accurate and dependable.
- To open the action, lift the handle up and pull it to the rear.
- If the firearm is loaded, the cartridge or shotshell will be ejected as you pull the bolt to the rear. To make sure it's unloaded, open the action, and check both the chamber and the magazine for cartridges or shotshells.
- You can store a bolt-action firearm safely by storing the bolt separately from the firearm.